PARLOUR: a space to speak – bringing together research, informed opinion and resources; generating debate and discussion; expanding the spaces for women in Australian architecture.
Career paths

Sticky floors, glass ceilings, glass cliffs and leaky pipelines – metaphors abound when we talk about career progression for women. What does it all mean, and what about non-traditional career paths? What can we learn from the statistics and from the experiences of others?

10 lessons

10 lessons

How do we navigate practice knowing that gender bias overlays the way we frame and understand architecture? Kerstin Thompson outlines ten lessons learnt over her career.
Equity & the interview

Equity & the interview

Do job interviews in architecture need to be more structured and professional? Kirsty Volz believes a more formal process would help create a more diverse and equitable workforce.
Getting to the top

Getting to the top

Is it possible to get to the top in architecture and have a satisfying family life, too? Sarah Hurst takes stock of her achievements and ponders the future.
Architecture & the rhetoric of choice

Architecture & the rhetoric of choice

What is "choice" in the context of an architectural career? Gill Matthewson reflects on the rhetoric and the realities – economic and otherwise.
What do women want from a career in construction?

What do women want from a career in construction?

Sheryle Moon on how ot we increase the number of women in the construction industry.
Where to next?

Where to next?

What is an architectural career anyway? Sara Stace describes the twists and turns she has taken so far.
Architecture in an Expanded Field

Architecture in an Expanded Field

A symposium from Architecture + Women NZ, on the occasion of the exhibition Between Silos. ‘Architecture in an Expanded Field’ covers the many creative disciplines that architectural training and research can lead into, and be included in architectural practice. The boundaries of what constitutes architecture, and a career in architecture, are...
Where do all the women go? I know!

Where do all the women go? I know!

Reflecting on her own recent experience of redundancy, one architect is sadly no longer surprised that there are so few registered woman architects.
A deadline – the difference between a dream and a goal

A deadline – the difference between a dream and a goal

New graduate Sarah Herbert shares her plan to defy the odds for women in architecture through goal setting and focusing on one step at a time.
Angie the architect meets Rosie the riveter

Angie the architect meets Rosie the riveter

Are unlicensed women working in architecture the 'expendable proletariat'? Gill Matthewson looks at the lastest American Institute of Architects survey of “firm characteristics”.
The core team

The core team

How might young architects productively use the downtime occasioned by tighter economic times? Kendall Strong offers some advice gleaned from older mentors.
Architecture + motherhood

Architecture + motherhood

Samara Greenwood tells her story of negotiating architecture and motherhood so far – interspersed with thoughts from friends and colleagues.
Stories of the Downturn

Stories of the Downturn

How do economic cycles effect careers? What strategies do architects develop to navigate economic downturns? What role does gender play?
The questions to ask

The questions to ask

A career does not make itself – it requires planning, political nous, ambition and perseverance. Ann Lau outlines the things graduates need to consider.
Shifting the discourse

Shifting the discourse

Tania Davidge asks how might we subvert, challenge or rethink elements of architecture culture that disadvantage women and diversity.
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